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JANUARY 9,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC PARTY INTELLECTUAL – FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   A New York lawmaker from Queens is getting big blowback for tweeting that since Wednesday’s Capitol riots, the 9/11 attack is no longer his most frightening memory.  “Seeing the Twin Towers crumble is no longer the most frightening moment of my life,” tweeted state Sen. John Liu (D-Queens).  The tweet, which Liu sent at 4:26 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, as the Washington, D.C., riot unfolded, is still being blasted as tone-deaf days later.  “Tell that to the families of those who died that day,” responded @CatalinaLauf.  “And to the men and women still suffering, being killed by the Global War on Terror as a result of that day. Truly shameful.”
“C’mon, man,” snarked @michaelsmass.  “You were this close to being indicted for campaign finance fraud,” he added, referencing the then-city comptroller’s brush with the law in 2014, during his failed run for mayor. “I imagine that was a bit more harrowing.”  Many critics of Liu’s tweet noted the utter destruction of 9/11.  Sadly, this is pretty much the level of comment we're getting from Democrats.  Children.  Little children.

TRUE AMERICAN HEROES – FROM DAILYWIRE:  On Friday, a watch company released a video promoting the American ideal of freedom.  Egard Watches has generated buzz twice before with its videos — one in response to Gillette’s ad regarding “toxic masculinity,” and another defending police officers during the height of the “Defund the Police” movement.  The company’s latest video comes at a time when our personal independence is being undermined at a frightening pace.  “What is freedom?” the video, narrated by Egard owner Ilan Srulovicz, begins. “Is it allowing others to decide what’s best for you while this is how they live their lives?”  As the question is posed, a news story about how lockdown isolation negatively impacts the elderly is juxtaposed with the now infamous photo of California Governor Gavin Newsom dining with a group of people at the wildly expensive French Laundry restaurant.  A Gallup poll number showing that a large percentage of Americans blame the media for our political divide is displayed as Srulovicz states that we are not defined by our skin color, gender, or any other immutable characteristic, but by our “individuality, by our very soul, created under God as divine and unique.”  He continues, noting that we, as Americans, determine our fate and that we have a right to make choices despite risk.  The video then contrasts the ongoing wave of legacy news and big tech censorship with our right to free expression before cutting to multiple clips of political leaders and news anchors condoning or encouraging the summer riots and making outlandish claims.  I wonder how long this watch company will be allowed to stay in business.

January 9, 2021       Permalink

REASON VERSUS MADNESS – AT 6:05 P.M. ET:  The Democrats plan to move on impeachment in the House of Representatives Monday, only nine days before President Trump's term ends.  It is a despicable political show, with no dignity or respect for the Constitution.  The same Democrats who stood silent in the face of mass violence in American cities now cry crocodile tears over a single, foolish act of pseudo-rebellion.  And might I add, we aren't even sure of the loyalties of many of the "rebels."

Now some Republicans are stepping forward with responsible, mature ideas to try to calm the waters.  But the Democrats aren't interested.  From Bloomberg: 

A group of House Republicans who voted to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory asked him to persuade Speaker Nancy Pelosi to back off impeaching Donald Trump for instigating Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The lawmakers, led by Representative Ken Buck of Colorado, warned in a letter to Biden on Saturday that Trump’s impeachment would inflame his supporters anew, and damage Biden’s efforts to unify the country.

“In the spirit of healing and fidelity to our Constitution, we ask that you formally request that Speaker Nancy Pelosi discontinue her efforts to impeach President Donald J. Trump a second time,” they wrote.

Pelosi has threatened to allow impeachment proceedings to begin, perhaps as soon as Monday, unless Trump resigns following the insurrection at the Capitol. Many members of Congress in both parties have blamed Trump for the violence after he summoned supporters to Washington to protest while Congress counted Electoral College votes, and then urged them to march on the Capitol in a defiant speech on Wednesday morning.

Five people died in the violence that ensued after Trump’s supporters stormed into the building, including a Capitol Police officer.

But the Republican House members said that “a presidential impeachment should not occur in the heat of the moment, but rather after great deliberation.”

They added that impeachment “would undermine your priority of unifying Americans, and would be a further distraction to our nation at a time when millions of our fellow citizens are hurting because of the pandemic and the economic fallout.”

Biden said in a news conference on Friday that it was up to Congress to decide whether to impeach Trump, but that the fastest way to remove the president would be his own inauguration on Jan. 20. He said he wanted Congress ready the day he’s sworn in to address his agenda, led by new measures to curb the pandemic and stimulate the economy.

Representative Ted Lieu of California says more than 180 Democratic members of the House have signed onto an Article of Impeachment to be introduced Monday charging that Trump should be removed from office for inciting an insurrection.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a letter to colleagues late Friday that it would require unanimous agreement by all 100 senators to begin a trial before Jan. 19, the day before Trump leaves office. A few Republican senators, however, have said the president deserves to be removed, and convicting Trump after he leaves office could prevent him from running for president again.

“I do think the president committed impeachable offenses,” Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said Saturday on Fox News.

COMMENT:  The wisest course would be to allow the president to finish the term to which he was elected.  We have plenty of time to examine the events of the last week, and also examine the frustrations and sense of betrayal that led up to those events.  But the transition to a new administration should proceed with some class, and without the show-business mentality that seems to dominate Washington these days.

January 9,  2021     Permalink

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 8,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

EVEN JUSTICE THOMAS'S WIFE IS NOT IMMUNE – FROM BIZPACREVIEW.COM:   The far-left cancel culture is in full gear following the protest Wednesday at the U.S. Capital that got out of hand, even targeting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who is no stranger to “high tech lynchings.”  Not that Thomas did anything. No, it’s because his wife allegedly expressed support for the tens of thousands of Trump supporters who came to DC to peacefully protest the results of an election that they believe to be illegitimate — never mind that Ginni Thomas tweeted her presumed remarks well before a smaller faction of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.  Mark Joseph Stern, a “staff writer” at Slate, tweeted screenshots of what appear to be tweets from Mrs. Thomas — her account is now private.  Our liberal hero breathlessly reported: “On the morning of Jan. 6, Ginni Thomas — wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — endorsed the protest demanding that Congress overturn the election, then sent her “LOVE” to the demonstrators, who violently overtook the Capitol several hours later. She has not posted since.”  All he needs is the swastika on his arm.

JUST A VISITOR TO THE CAPITOL – FROM FOX:  An anti-Trump activist who once said he wanted to "rip" the president out of office entered the Capitol Building Wednesday alongside a mob of pro-Trump protesters, but he said he was just there to "document" it.   "There’s this narrative going around right now that Antifa was the people there causing the riots, causing the tension, they were the only people breaking into the Capitol, and I wanted to be able to tell a part of history and show that that was anything but the case," John Sullivan, the founder of Utah-based Insurgence USA, told Fox News Thursday.  Insurgence USA describes itself as "the revolution." It began protesting racial injustice in policing last year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.  In August 2020 remarks to a small crowd at a Washington, D.C., intersection, Sullivan pointed to the nearby White House and unleashed a torrent of violent rhetoric. "We ... about to burn this s--- down," he said. "We gotta ... rip Trump right out of that office right there," he continued, adding, "We ain't about ... waiting until the next election." He then led the crowd in a chant of, "It's time for revolution."   Hmm.  Is he saying that he was just passing by?  I wonder how many other left-wing tourists there were in Wednesday's crowd. 

January 8, 2021       Permalink

 

MADNESS – AT 5:15 P.M. ET:  As usual, the left is going too far.  They are taking Wednesday's sad events and making them into the greatest catastrophe in human history.  World War II?  Nothing compared to the break-in at the Capitol.

Now, with only 12 days remaining in Trump's term, the leftist circus clowns want him removed from office.  No kidding.  They want that symbol.  They want that coonskin on the wall.  Who cares what happens to the country?  Who cares that a last-minute impeachment will take the wind out of Biden's inauguration and will be the ultimate divisive act?  Who cares about Biden?  Isn't it really Kami that the woke left wants?

Get this, from Fox: 

House Democrats are drafting new articles of impeachment against President Trump following a deadly riot at the Capitol Wednesday in a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's presidential victory.

Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Ted Lieu of California are taking the lead on drafting the impeachment resolution for Trump's efforts to incite his supporters to charge the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a major security breach, forcing lawmakers to evacuate to secure locations, Fox News has confirmed.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, has also been circulating articles of impeachment.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discussed impeachment efforts Friday afternoon in a call with the Democratic caucus. Earlier Friday, Pelosi said she had spoken to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley about protecting the nuclear codes from an "unhinged president." 

Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York had pushed for Trump's immediate removal of office through the 25th Amendment arguing it's too dangerous to keep Trump in power until Jan. 20 when Biden is inaugurated. 

But if Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet don't remove Trump, which seems unlikely, Democrats seem to have broad support among the caucus for a second round of impeachment.

COMMENT:  Weak Joe Biden says he won't interfere with the impeachment process, even though he certainly understands that it will undermine his inauguration.  Real leadership there.

So the Dems want to remove a president only days before his term expires.  Very impressive thinking.  The whole world is watching.

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